Up­roar as pupil loses tip of fin­ger

Par­ents livid at lack of dis­ci­pline at school

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES MAHLOKWANE [email protected]

NO par­ent sends their child to school to come back home with a miss­ing fin­ger, said the spokesper­son for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Steve Mabona.

He said this yes­ter­day while visit­ing

Laer­skool Booy­sens, where a Grade 6 pupil lost the tip of his pinky in what is be­lieved to have been an ac­ci­dent.

Mabona said the de­part­ment was sin­cerely apolo­getic for the in­ci­dent and would have its le­gal de­part­ment look at the pos­si­bil­ity of com­pen­sat­ing the in­jured pupil. The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Fe­bru­ary 20.

Ac­cord­ing to Mabona, the de­part­ment found no rea­son to be­lieve the in­ci­dent was a re­sult of a fight or vi­o­lent scuf­fle. He said chil­dren be­ing chil­dren found an op­por­tu­nity to play and pushed each other dur­ing a brief break to change classes.

Mabona, who was with school staff, re­vealed that the in­jured pupil had been clipped by a door that had been pushed.

Teach­ers said the 12-year-old boy was rushed to Kala­fong Hospi­tal with his fin­ger­tip shoved in ice. How­ever, the hospi­tal said the sev­ered piece was too small to be stitched back on.

Mabona said the child re­turned to school yes­ter­day. The de­part­ment would also pro­vide coun­selling.

How­ever, things were not all plain sail­ing for Mabona, who was bom­barded by an avalanche of frus­tra­tion from par­ents at the school gate.

The par­ents said the child’s sev­ered fin­ger was just the tip of the ice­berg when it came to prob­lems they had with the school.

Mabona lis­tened to the par­ents com­plain about is­sues of lack of dis­ci­pline. It also emerged that there was no proper school gov­ern­ing body, and that the school man­age­ment that did not want to work with par­ents.

Mabona said par­ents should get to­gether and elect a com­plete gov­ern­ing body on March 18. He said there would be an­other meet­ing be­tween the de­part­ment and par­ents over progress made to ad­dress all other griev­ances.

Par­ent Ray­lord Ndlovu said: “We are sup­port­ing the par­ents and we are say­ing the de­part­ment must also en­gage the par­ent com­po­nent to get the other side of the story as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

“We would love to see these com­pli­ca­tions re­solved be­cause we’ve been sub­mit­ting griev­ances and com­plaints to the de­part­ment for the past two years now, and noth­ing has been done,” Ndlovu said.

JAMES MAHLOKWANE

PAR­ENTS vented their frus­tra­tions when Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Steve Mabona vis­ited Laer­skool Booy­sens, where a pupil lost the tip of his fin­ger. |

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